Nominator: Pearl Took
2008 Award Category: Races: Hobbits: Childhood
Story Type: Story ✧ Length: Short Story
Rating: General ✧ Reason for Rating: n/a
Summary: Pippin and Tulip, his knitted piglet, find a surprise in the barn.
Reviewed by: Pearl Took ✧ Score: 6
This story is as warm and soft as the kitten who gives it it's title. Pippin has had a long morning and wants Tulip, his knitted piglet friend, to go out to play with him. They have a wonderful discussion about why she spent the morning on the shelf with the rest of the stuffed animals, then she and her hobbit lad go off to the barn. They do linger on their way to smell the delicious smells coming from Pippin's mother's bread baking going on in the kitchen. Pippin has a surprise to show Tulip. At first, she only has eyes for something that shouldn't be in the barn in amongst the bales of hay, but she quickly forgives him. You need to go meet the wonderful characters in this story for yourself! A beautiful, gentle story, Cathleen!
Reviewed by: Larner ✧ Score: 4
How wonderful when an argument between Pippin and his pink knitted piglet Tulip ends in meeting a new member of the family! The story is charming, the descriptions delightful, and the final image is just wonderful. Like Snowflake and Lily, I'd love to join this family! Sweet and properly fluffy--just right for a Pippin and Tulip tale. And a wonderful disposition for a new blanket, even if Eglantine doesn't agree! Heh!
Reviewed by: Dwimordene ✧ Score: 3
Short and sweet - I liked the device of having the toy carry part of the dialogue. It fits Pippin's age and the matter-of-fact delivery, both Pippin's responses and the toy's 'provocations', helps pull the reader into the story.
Reviewed by: Dreamflower ✧ Score: 3
Another entry in Cathleen's chronicles of the adventures of Pippin and his knitted piggy, Tulip. In this sweet bit of fluff, Pippin makes a very interesting discovery. As always, little Pippin is adorable and lively, and Tulip is her usual sardonic self.
Reviewed by: PipMer ✧ Score: 2
What a sweet little story! How like Pippin to give his kitten his good blanket... he has such a generous heart. Well done!
Reviewed by: nancylea ✧ Score: 2
picking a hobbit to adopt must be easir than picking a human, they seems so much more tactile and eager to serve.